Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)
UPDATED Office Hours:
The office is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
The OJCA is a Synagogue (Beth Shalom Synagogue) and Community Centre (OJCC) located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in kelowna, British Columbia. With a diverse membership consisting of Jews with Orthodox, Conservative and Reform backgrounds, the Okanagan Jewish community has styled itself to conduct its services and celebrate holidays in an all inclusive fashion. As a result of the strength which this diversity brings, the OJCA has evolved to be a progressive Jewish community with a growing and enthusiastic membership. As well, the OJCA has historically maintained an active involvement and a strong presence in the mainstream of the culturally diverse Okanagan community at large.
Rabbi Osadchey will be joining us from Calgary to participate with friends at our golf tournament on July 14th. While here he will be leading services on Saturday morning.
Please join us for a wonderful morning followed by coffee, bagels, lox and dessert.
We are actively looking for someone who would like to help coordinate future Rabbi Visits.
Please contact David Spevakow firstname.lastname@example.org (250-317-5283) or the
OJC office email@example.com (250-862-2305) if interested.
What: BBQ, beach games and socializing
Where: Sarson's Beach House
We have rented the house at Sarson's Beach for this event. A playground is located on site, and in addition designated swimming areas and washroom facilities are offered.
- OJC will provide the all-beef and Veggie burgers/dogs as well as all the fixings, water juice and pop.
- You bring the non-dairy side dishes (salads, veggies, dips, etc)
- Bring your outdoor games (bocce, croquet, etc)
- Bring your beach chairs
Join us fabulous afternoon of food, games, swimming, fun and a general good time.
RSVP: Please contact Lynda at the OJCC by June 16th
She will need to know numbers attending and food prefences
Call 250-863-2305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact the OJC office or David Spevakow at email@example.com
"What Motivates Extremists?" by Dr. Maryam Razavy
What better time to discuss these questions than now, with the recent Boston bombings and the arrest of two young men suspected plotting to commit terrorist acts here in Cana-da? Opinions are rampant, and often strongly held. But what do we actually know about what leads individuals down this path?
Wasn’t it simple when we thought that it was just a question of education? But many of these extremists are well educated. Without some understanding of the factors involved, how can we ever hope to prevent such acts from occurring? Dr. Ra-zavy, who holds a joint PhD in Sociology and Religious Studies from the University of Alberta, is well renowned for her teaching and schol-arship on these issues. She believes that it is critical to understand why adherents of religions that preach peace, love and harmony will commit acts of violence against people of other faiths, and even against members of their own faith.
ASK THE RABBI: Rabbi Shaul OsadcheyAs part of the Bridging Mountains Project, Rabbi Shaul Osadchey has offered to reach out to our community for any questions we may have about Judiasim, The Torah, Israel or General Jewish Life. Please click here to contact Rabbi and don't be shy.
Gesher HaHar: Bridging the Mountains
A Pilot Project of Collaboration
Beth Tzedec Congregation & Okanagan Jewish Community Centre
Every Jewish community regardless of size or locale serves as an important thread woven into the tapestry of the Jewish People. The diversity of the Jewish experience enriches Jewish religious and cultural practices as it expands the Jewish capacity to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Beth Tzedec (Calgary) on the east side of the Canadian Rockies and the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA) on the western side share a common Jewish milieu in the setting of the independent and individualist spirit of Western Canada.
NEXT BETH TZEDEC VISITOR: Rabbi Osadchey - July 13th 10:00am
The Benefits of Gesher HaHar: Pilot Project of Collaboration is that it enhances the resources of our smaller community so that it can be a viable setting for the celebration of Jewish life while it challenges the established to act on the important mitzvah of sustaining Klah Yisrael- Jewish Peoplehood.
Please click here for further details about our project or call David Spevakow: 250-317-5283
It was only a few years ago, that the only likely way to catch Haley K Turner singing her original tunes was if the lights were out! And so perhaps that is why this vivacious singer songwriter from Kelowna, BC proves to be one of Canada’s hidden talents. With unabashedly cheerful, and deceptively clever lyrics her debut record titled “Ready or Not” begs for acoustic guitars and strummy choruses. With comparisons to Dido, Lisa Loeb and Chantal Kreviazuk, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by Haley’s sweet delivery and refreshing spirit. And with an uncanny sense of humor she’s a pleasure to watch.
HALEY'S FIRST CD "READY OR NOT" IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT: WWW.HALEYKTURNER.COM
OR AT THE OJC GIFTSHOP FOR $10